Tue, 24 February 2015
Imagine yourself in sunny San Diego as Stephanie Diaz, author of EXTRACTION and its sequel, REBELLION, out February 10, talks about moving from film to books, querying before high school, and the scary reality of moving cross-country.
Stephanie Diaz Show Notes
HIS DARK MATERIALS by Phillip Pullman
Firefly (TV show)
Tue, 17 February 2015
Grab a seat poolside with Erin Jade Lange, author of BUTTER, DEAD ENDS, and the forthcoming REBEL BULLY GEEK PARIAH, as she talks about abandoning the Midwest, the lasting impacts of bullying, and her personal vendetta against "Larry" McAfee.
Erin Jade Lange Show Notes
Dark Heart (from Care Bears)
WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson
Ilsa Bick (ASHES)
Gemma Burgess (agent)
Thu, 12 February 2015
Have a sunny afternoon coffee with me and Victoria Aveyard, debut author of RED QUEEN (out Feb. 10!), as we discuss the Venn diagram of her screenwriting and author careers, why Hollywood won’t make the next Star Wars without novelists, and Pokemon (obviously)!
Victoria Aveyard Show Notes
FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY by E.L. James
WOOL by Hugh Howey
Suzie Townsend, Pouya Shahbazian, and Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary
Gennifer Hutchison, screenwriter for THE RED QUEEN
Tue, 27 January 2015
Take a champagne break as I chat with Megan Shepherd, author of A COLD LEGACY, the final installment of THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER series (out Jan. 27), about the magic of Asheville, Jack versus Sawyer, and the allure of historical fantasy over mimosas!
Megan Shepherd Show Notes
Blog post of Megan’s YA book event at her parents’ book store
STOLEN by Lucy Christopher
Alvina Ling (Editor-in-Chief, Little, Brown)
THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU by H.G. Wells
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson
FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley
FEAR STREET by R.L. Stine
THE CAGE, the first book in Megan’s next series, out May 26!
The Chocolate Lounge in Asheville
Tue, 20 January 2015
I was in nerd heaven chatting with Margaret Stohl, co-author of the New York Times best-selling BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series, author of ICONS and IDOLS, and hard at work at the YA novel based on Marvel’s Black Widow. The frenetic energy of an evil genius, and the degrees to match, Margie talked about her experiences being the only girl in the room for her years running a video game company, always checking wardrobes for Narnia, and the origin of YALLFest/YALLWest.
Margaret Stohl Show Notes
Jeffrey Wright (actor)
Ron Howard (actor/director)
THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE C.S. Lewis
THE DARK IS RISING by Susan Cooper
Apocalypse (video game)
CHILDHOOD’S END by Arthur C. Clarke
HARRY BOSCH series by Michael Conneley
Jonathan Sanchez, Blue Bicycle Books
Tue, 13 January 2015
YA author Julie Murphy, who wrote SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY and has a new book, DUMPLIN’, coming out this year from Balzer + Bray, meets me in Texas to talk epic homecoming mums, unlikeable characters, and how she thought Twilight was a boy band.
Julie Murphy Show Notes
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins
Drop Dead Gorgeous (film)
TITHE by Holly Black
WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr
Kristin Travenio (Irving County Library YA librarian)
Blue Valentine (film)
“Jolene” by Dolly Parton
Alessandra Balzer at Balzer + Bray
Tue, 6 January 2015
Katie Coyle, debut author of VIVIAN APPLE AT THE END OF THE WORLD, talks about how Thorin Oakenshield taught her she wasn’t cut out to act, writing ghosts and magic into her hometown, and how Neil Gaiman gave her her big break.
Katie Coyle Show Notes
PRETTY MONSTERS by Kelly Link
The Young Writer’s Prize by Hot Key Press
Rachel Fershleiser of Tumblr
THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANK LANDAU BANKS by E Lockhart
Tavi from Rookie
I CAPTURE THE CASTLE by Dodie Smith
Tue, 23 December 2014
Boisterous, eloquent, and just the tiniest bit zany, Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times best-selling author of TANTALIZE and RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME, took me out for tacos and taught me a thing or twelve. I loved hearing her wise words on diversity in YA, paying it forward with newer writers, and writing 200 drafts of a single picture book.
Cynthia Leitich Smith Show Notes
Ming Doyle, illustrator for Cynthia’s graphic novels
Deborah Noyse at Candlewick press (editor)
FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER by E.L. Konigsburg
Tue, 16 December 2014
Myra McEntire, author of the HOURGLASS series, is as refreshing as a cool glass of sweet tea, and it was a joy to sit with her and talk British TV, living with intention, and handling life’s unexpected curveballs.
Myra McEntire Show Notes
Trixie Belden series
Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
WTF With Marc Maron (podcast)
Stuff You Should Know (podcast)
Stuff You Missed In History Class (podcast)
The Spy Museum podcast, SpyCast
Mental Illness Happy Hour (podcast)
The Domestic CEO (podcast)
Get It Done Guy's Quick Dirty Tips (podcast)
The Savvy Psychologist (podcast)
Welcome to Night Vale (podcast)
SIMS homeless blog, Alice and Kev, The Story of Being Homeless in The SIMS 3
Keeping Up Appearnces (BBC sitcom)
Kevin Williamson (writer for VD)
SUPERFUDGE by Judy Blume
Thu, 11 December 2014
The delightful Alison Cherry, author of RED and FOR REAL (out December 9!) talks traumatic revision experiences, life foreshadowing, “guerrilla friending” — and her cats give us some all-star background purring.
Alison Cherry Show Notes
Literary agent Holly Root
Strauss opera, Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow)
Wendy Loggia, Executive Editor at Random House Children's Books/Delacorte Press
Kara Thomas (Taylor)
Holly Root, "Keep your eyes on your own paper."